And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Mattityahu (Matthew) 7:23 (ESV)
Y’shua makes this statement based on his previous words in verses 21 and 22.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
In this context Y’shua is saying, just because you call me master, just because you speak in my name, cast out demons, or any other works does not mean I am your master. If you do not do the will of my Father then you are lawless. The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 29:13 (NIV) Y’shua made these statements in the Galilee, not Judah, in what is known as the sermon on the mount. He is speaking to the house of Israel who had long departed from the Torah. This is the same region that is referred to as the valley of the shadow of death. It is called such because of its ignorance of Torah.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. (weeds and tares are the same thing)
Mattityahu (Matthew) 13:40-41 (NIV)
11 many false prophets will appear and fool many people; 12 and many people’s love will grow cold because of increased distance from Torah. (lawlessness is increased distance from Torah)
Mattityahu (Matthew) 24 (CJB)
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;
Romans 4:7 (ESV)
19 I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification.
Romans 6:19 (Holman Christian Standard)
For already this separating from Torah is at work secretly, but it will be secretly only until he who is restraining is out of the way.
2 Thessalonians 2:7 (CJB)
3 And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands. 4 The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever guards His Word, truly the love of Elohim has been perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked.
Yochanan Alef (1 John) 2:3-6 (ISR98)
3 And everyone having this expectation in Him cleanses himself, as He is clean. 4 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Everyone staying in Him does not sin. Everyone sinning has neither seen Him nor known Him.
Yochanan Alef (1 John) 3:3-6
Lawlessness only has to do with those who know the law/Torah and refuse to abide by its authority. Anyone who knows the rules and refuses to keep them is lawless. So when we look at these various scriptures, and the many others we didn’t mention, and we are aware of the truth, and reject it, what does Y’shua say we can look forward too?
Y’shua warns us that following him is not some mental exercise but a physical and mental exercise. Doing is an action, not a thought alone. Sha’ul uses this definition of what lawlessness means when he speaks of the man of sin, the lawless one. Interestingly the word man in the Greek is anthropos, not aner, meaning human being, not male; so this becomes plural, not singular. Yochanan uses the same analogy in Yochanan Alef (1 John) 2:18-19 (CJB) Children, this is the Last Hour. You have heard that an Anti-Messiah is coming; and in fact, many anti-Messiahs have arisen now – which is how we know that this is the Last Hour. They went out from us, but they weren’t part of us; for had they been part of us, they would have remained with us. He is warning us there is not just one but many at the same time.
As Yochanan has stated, if you abandon Torah and turn away from it, you are anti-messiah. To be anti-messiah you must turn away from Torah, not someone who has never known Torah. People have not paid attention to what Yochanan actually wrote. He is not saying that those were actually keeping Torah but that they knew it. Yah’s mercy protects to a degree, we do not know, those who have never known Torah. No one is a sinner unless they know what sin is but everyone knows something about sin. This is how the statement Sha’ul makes “the wages of sins is death but the gift of Elohim is eternal life” Romans 6:23.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim,” Romans 3:23 (ISR98) [Esteem means value]
Our value from Yah falls when we are lawless. Therefore his judgment is just because we belong to him even when we are disobedient. The potter gets to decide whether he likes the pot or not. We are not clueless as to what his expectations are, so we have no right to say he is not fair. We are not ignorant when we know the rules. We don’t get to change the rules or decide what they are going to be. Only a fool thinks there is nothing in authority over him. Salvation does not permit us to be disobedient nor does it protect us from his judgment. Repentance and forgiveness of sin are not salvation, they are separate but can be a package, that is not automatic.
We can be saved and still be lawless because salvation does not remove sin. Forgiveness of sin and salvation have been taught as a package but that is not what scripture says about them. We can have one without the other. People need to look at Isra’el coming out of Egypt as Salvation but disobedience/sin kept many out of the promised land. Are we continuing to ignore this model when we believe a prayer does away with my need to comply with Yah’s Torah?
I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be judged by Y’shua to be lawless. We need to guard ourselves from loosening the commandments to suit our own desires. Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:17 (CJB) 17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. Lets make sure we are not trying to do away with the Torah and the Prophets or we will hear that decree from Y’shua, “depart from me, I never knew you”.
And the Scripture was filled which says, “And He was reckoned with the lawless.”
Mark 15:28 (ISR98)
Was this all for nothing?
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- Can Ewe Hear Me Now? Open your ears
- Are Ewe Humble? Pride is dangerous.
- What Is Righteousness? What does the Word of Yah say about how to live in Righteousness? Y’shua, the talmidim/disciples, and Sha’ul tell us.
- What Is A Lawless One? The one who died did so that we could avoid the curse. Repentance can go away from sin – or towards it. The Covenant provides both Blessing and Cursing, which ever we are entitled to according to our actions. We are going to receive one or the other as we have to reap what we sow.
- Which WAY Are We Going? Who is the Word? Whose words was Moshe given? What gives us eternal life?
- Payday? Do you want to cash the check you have earned?
Will He know me or not?
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